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How to stream music from Google Home to Bluetooth speakers or headphones

Not sure how to get Bluetooth devices paired and working with your Google Home products? We'll walk you through the entire process, from setup to completion.
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What is Amazon Prime Now?

How does Amazon Prime Now Work? How much does it cost? How do you use the service? A guide to everything you need to know about Amazon's Prime Now service.
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How to stop Amazon from listening to your Alexa recordings

There's a way to stop Amazon from saving your Alexa recordings. Here’s how to stop Amazon from peering into your private life.

How to clean a coffee maker

If you brew your coffee at home and you don't clean your machine, you could be drinking mold, yeast, and other bacteria. Here's how to clean your coffee maker.
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How to set up a Routine on your Alexa device

Alexa's Routines function lets you complete multiple tasks using just a single voice command. Here's a handy guide on how to add Routines to your smart home.
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How long should your appliances last?

How long do appliances last? Here's how many years to expect for many different devices, along with what you can do to keep your essentials lasting longer.
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The 9 things Amazon Echo can do that Google Home can’t

Amazon and Google are leaders in the world of smart speakers. We love both brands, but here's a guide to show you exactly what Alexa can do that Google can't.
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What is Amazon Pantry? Everything you need to know

Amazon Pantry allows you to buy groceries and household items online. Learn all about the online grocery service, including availability, info, and pricing.
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How to use the Wyze Cam as a webcam

If you’re in a pinch and desperately need a webcam without being coerced into buying an overpriced alternative, then pick a Wyze Cam V2 as an affordable option.
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How to set up Voice Match on your Google Home device

Thanks to a feature called Voice Match, Google and Next devices can respond with personalized information based on the users' voices. Here's how to set it up.

How to improve sound and voice recognition on your Google Home device

Smart speakers work best with optimal speaker and mic performance. Here's how to get the best sound quality and voice recognition on Home/Nest devices.
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How to measure home energy use

Energy bills can add up quickly. Want to know how much energy your household is using? Here's a look at some of the most reliable energy monitoring tools.
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2nd-gen vs. 3rd-gen Echo Dot: What’s the difference?

What makes the third-gen Echo Dot different from its second-gen predecessor? In this breakdown, we compare the two in sound, looks, features, and availability.
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Common Google Nest Hub problems, and how to fix them

Like any tech, your Google Nest Hub can give you moments of frustration. Here are some of the more common problems you may come across, and how to fix them.
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How to use a crockpot: 12 Do’s and Don’ts

For many cooks, slow cookers make meal prep easier. In this guide, we'll teach you how to master the craft of cooking with a crockpot, from prep to cleaning.
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The best stud finders

Endlessly searching for a stud in your wall is a chore. Luckily, these stud finders are high-tech and straightforward, allowing you to hang with confidence.
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The coolest waffle makers

We can all agree that waffles are some of the best of the breakfast foods, but these savory circles can get a little boring. Here are some unique waffle makers.
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Amazon Echo Studio vs. Apple HomePod

Trying to choose between Amazon's Echo Studio and Apple's HomePod? We spill the beans on which device sounds best and which will fit your digital music life.
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How to install a USB outlet

These days, it seems like everything requires a special outlet. Luckily, we've put together an in-depth guide on how to install a USB outlet to free up space.
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Here are 5 intelligent uses for smart plugs

Smart plugs can make any plug-in device controllable with an app or voice commands. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate smart plugs into your life.
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5 useful robots that will make your annoying chores fun again

While we aren't living in any 'Jetsons' apartments just yet, home automation has come a long way. These robotic servants may soon replace household chores.
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Here’s how to DIY faux granite, marble, or quartz countertops for under $100

Did you know you can have countertops that look exactly like real stone -- granite, marble, or quartz -- for under $100? Here's a DIY guide for doing the reno.
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Ring Video Doorbell 2020 vs. Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

Shopping for a new video doorbell to keep tabs on your household? Ring makes some of the best on the market. Here's how to choose between two popular models.
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Google Nest Mini vs. Google Home Mini

Google's Nest Mini and Home Mini look alike, but what makes them different? We examine both smart speakers to explain what makes them unique.

Can Alexa call 911? How to set up Alexa for emergencies

You may be wondering whether or not Alexa can call 911. Here's how to use Alexa to help promote safety.

The best steam cleaners

A steam cleaner can clean and even sanitize almost anything. Finding the right steam cleaner can be tough, but these are some of the better options available.

The best games to play with Google Assistant

We tried every game command currently available on Google Home devices, including the latest Nest speakers and smart displays. Here are our picks for the best.
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Ring Video Doorbell Wired vs. Nest Hello: Which is better?

Shopping for a video doorbell? Ring Video Doorbell Wired and Nest Hello are two of the most popular wired options. Here's how they stack up.
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How to clean a Keurig: Say no to bacteria in your brew

Don't let bacteria seep into your brew. Use our guide on how to get your Keurig machine clean, inside and out, and get your morning coffee fix back on track.
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The best hair dryers

Not all hair dryers are created equally. We've rounded up some of the best options on the market right now, no matter your budget, hair length, or hair type.

How to turn your old phone into a security camera

Have an old phone and don’t know what to do with it? We've rounded up the top apps that allow you to turn your unused smartphone into a home security device.
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How to tell if your security camera has been hacked

Security cameras can keep us safe, but they can also do the opposite if they're hacked. Here's how to tell if your smart home security camera is compromised.
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How to set up a Facebook Portal

Setting up your new Facebook Portal is a super easy process that will take you just a few minutes. Here's how to get started using your Portal.
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How to recycle or reuse Nespresso Pods

All those Nespresso pods can add up over time and create a lot of waste. But you can recycle or even reuse your Nespresso Pods to save money and reduce waste.